Let Nature Challenge You
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails for you to explore and enjoy.
From the trailhead next to the parking lot, a stabilized walkway encircles a beautiful two-acre lake. This trail gently descends about 25 feet from to the foot of the lake and then returns up a gentle slope on the opposite side to the trailhead. Interpretive signs and over 100 labeled plants enhance the loop.
In addition, over three miles of rustic hiking trails wind quietly through a series of distinct ecological habitats. Along the trails, benches invite you either to pause and enjoy the view or to get in a good stretch during a vigorous walk.
The Arboretum is developed and managed by the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc., a non-profit entity that leases the land from the City. Except for special events, there is no admission fee. $3 non-member visitor donation requested to help pay operations.
Open to the public 7 days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM.
NOTE : Starting March 14, extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM – 7 PM
Entry gates are locked promptly at closing so plan your visit so that you exit the Arboretum prior to closing.
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News – March 2017
Girl Scout Troop 943 Tree Badge
On January 29, 2017 nine members of Girl Scout Troop 943 visited the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens to complete two sections of their requirements for the Tree Badge. The afternoon began with a discussion of differences in tree anatomy between several trees and then what these same trees have structurally in common. A lively conversation followed the tour that culminated in each girl presenting her drawing of an anatomically correct tree to the group. The afternoon moved on with the planting of a Myrtle Oak according to the National Arbor Day Foundations guidelines and each girl potting a Water Oak seedling to take home and nurture.
Nasturtium is known to botanists as Tropaeolum majus. The genus Tropaeolum is native to the Andes Mountains of South America. This species has been cultivated for so long that its origin is not clear. Most believe that it is a hybrid of two or more wild Andean species.
This is an annual plant with trailing or climbing stems. Many of the modern hybrids have a dense, bushy growth habits. The leaf of nasturtium has a distinctive appearance. It is circular with a leaf stalk that attaches near the center. They are grown, primarily, for their colorful, one to two inch wide flowers. The flowers are shades of yellow, coral, orange or red and are sometimes two-toned. The leaves, flowers and seed pods are edible, usually eaten fresh in salads. They have a peppery flavor. Various references state that nasturtium contains vitamin C and more lutein than any other edible plant. Studies suggest that lutein helps protect the eyes from the effects of sun and age. However, one reference suggests that small children and people with gastrointestinal problems should avoid eating the plant.
Traditional uses include applying the leaves externally for skin injury and infections. The seeds contain an oil that has been used in making paints.
This plant grows best during cool weather and is popular for summers in northern parts of the United States. In Jacksonville, it is a cool-season plant but it will be damaged by frosts and killed by a hard freeze. Grow the plants in a container that can be moved under cover in the event of a frost or start the plants in early spring. Seeds germinate within two weeks and grow quickly. Typically, they are beautiful for a few weeks and then die as summer arrives.
Nasturtiums are planted at the walk-in entry of the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens behind the bamboo fence. They are growing well but had not yet started flowering by mid-February.
Discovering Nature Nearby
Programs for 2017
Fire in Florida’s Ecosystem
Jack Hernandez, Duval County Forester, and Annaleasa Winter, Fresh from Florida, educated and inspired a multi-generational audience during the March Discovering Nature Nearby program, “Fire in Florida’s Ecosystems”. Their talk was informative with facts and visual prompts to make it interesting, tools for demonstration, and materials for further research. After the talk, they took us for a walk in the Arboretum to learn about what a tree can tell us of its history from a core sample.
There were about 35 in attendance. Many participants also made a nature journal to record their sightings or write about their experiences as part of the hands-on segment.
Invasive Plant Roundup
On February 25, 2017 students from Greenwood, two WJCT employees, and five of our regular Conservation corps dug and pulled ardisia, elephant ear, privet, and Boston fern as part of the city wide Invasive Plant Roundup. It was an absolutely spectacular warm sunny Saturday. Thanks everyone for your help.
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